Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage

Influential writers and editors rely on Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage daily. It is an essential resource for practicing lawyers, legal scholars, and libraries of all sizes and types, functioning as both a style guide and a law dictionary, guiding writers to distinguish between true terms of law and mere jargon and illustrating recommended forms of expression. Common blunders are discussed in ways that will discourage writers from any further use. The origins of frequently used expressions are described with engaging prose. Collectively, there is no better resource for approaching legal writing in a logical, clear, and error-free way.

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Defined Term Indexing Macro

This macro searches for defined terms in Word documents and creates an alphabetized index of the terms and the page number(s) on which they are found.

The resulting index is made up of two columns of defined terms. On the left hand side of each column, the defined term is listed, and on the right hand side of each column, the corresponding page number is listed. 

Press the download button and follow these instructions to sample or install the macro.


Drafting Assistant from Thomson Reuters

When it comes to drafting legal documents for both litigation and transactional matters, legal professionals have told us that drafting work product is a key step – and often the most time-consuming.

With Drafting Assistant from Thomson Reuters, you can produce your best work and shave hours off the drafting process – right from your word processor. To help maximize your time, Drafting Assistant is available in customized formats for litigators and transactional attorneys.

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Oxford Dictionaries

At Oxford Dictionaries, we have just one thing in mind: improving communication through an understanding and passion for language. That explains why we’ve been making dictionaries for more than 150 years and why we continue to innovate and develop new tools and services to suit your language needs as technology and the world around us change. And that’s why today we create content for whoever you are – student or professional, writer or games puzzler, teacher or language learner – and for wherever you need it: online, mobile, or print.

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Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language

Traditional legal language has some peculiar characteristics that sometimes make legal documents inaccessible to the end users. This book includes a step-by-step guide to drafting in the modern style, using four types of common legal documents: leases, company constitutions, wills and conveyances.

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Federal Register Document Drafting Handbook

NARA's Document Drafting Handbook is intended to help agencies prepare documents for publication in the Federal Register.

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The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of federal employees from many different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing.

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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting

With A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Kenneth A. Adams has created a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the flawed conventional wisdom that perpetuates it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the U.S. and internationally.

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A Plain English Handbook: How to create clear SEC disclosure documents

This handbook shows how you can use well-established techniques for writing in plain English to create clearer and more informative disclosure documents. We are publishing this handbook only for your general information. Of course, when drafting a document for filing with the SEC, you must make sure it meets all legal requirements.

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How to Read a Book Contract – Defined Terms

When a word or a phrase is subject to more than one possible interpretation, it should be defined. Defined Terms is what these are often called in a contract. In many contracts, either near the beginning or the end, a list of Defined Terms is set forth. 

The Passive Voice

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